Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to repair the issue by yourself or call Bethesda Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Bethesda, Maryland.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is usually either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line running to this area. A water line is typically run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at almost any hardware store and they’re very easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that have to be checked.

If you removed the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Check the manual to find the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is hooked up, usually there is air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the right process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can need a long time to fill up, which might cause you to think that the water dispenser is not working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be sure it is not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to happen.